Frankie Valli: 'Jersey Boys' One of My Toughest Challenges

Celebrating a legendary career and a monumental birthday.

by Nouman Rasool
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Frankie Valli: 'Jersey Boys' One of My Toughest Challenges
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Frankie Valli, the legendary lead singer of the Four Seasons, said that making the Broadway hit "Jersey Boys" was "one of the hardest things that I've ever done in my life" - forever cementing his band's story. The musical has taken a long route, now finally becoming a stage and screen show through Clint Eastwood.

"It's my 90th birthday," he said. Valli received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, commemorating the day with the same festive spirit as his 90th birthday. Valli did not fail to mention his fellow members of the band who shared the star with him—Bob Gaudio, who could not come to the event, Tommy DeVito, who was already dead, and Nick Massi.

All four were inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Valli got a bit emotional about this. "This is really a highlight in my life, especially having my sons here and my wife," he said, meaning the two children he has were there and his fourth wife, Jackie Jacobs, whom he married just last year.

The Four Seasons, established in New Jersey in 1960, are known for hits like "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "Big Girls Don't Cry," and "Grease," hits that have stunned millions.

Decade of Persistence

Success that would eventually span the globe did not come easily for the band, Valli reflected at the ceremony.

Bringing "Jersey Boys" to life was a decade-long struggle, fraught with setbacks and less-than-ideal proposals that did not meet the band's standards. However, persistence paid off when they partnered with a production company that finally brought their story to Broadway.

The celebration was punctuated with a crowd singing "Happy Birthday" to Valli, further marking the milestone. Bob Gaudio, speaking from his experience, also expressed his gratitude and amazement at their long-lasting partnership and success.

"Having a show on Broadway was a bigger dream and now a star on Hollywood Boulevard," he remarked, illustrating the dream-like quality of their achievements. Music industry executive Irving Azoff also paid homage to Valli, calling him a "national treasure" and "truly a man for all seasons." This tribute did not only underscore Valli's place in the history of music but also his perpetual influence that keeps going on through generations.

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